Travel under the Tuscan – and Umbrian – sun, on a leisurely idyll through two of Italy’s most storied regions. Ancient Etruscan hill towns, timeless landscapes, awe-inspiring art, and especially, openhearted people, render the essence of Italy. And a stay in the “Eternal City” of Rome adds the grace note to this small group tour. 

Starting at: $4,987 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi  Botticelli's <i>The Birth of Venus</i> in the Uffizi in Florence  View of the Tuscan hill town of Pienza  Traditional foods of Tuscany  Freshly made pasta  The Roman Forum  Typical residence in Tuscany hill town  The ethereal landscape of Tuscany  The dramatic facade of Orvieto's cathedral   The Etruscan town of Orvieto, sitting high above the Umbrian plain  Typical street scene in Cortona  Michelangelo's <i>David</i> in the Accademia in Florence  The quintessential Tuscan countryside, replete with rolling hills, cypress trees, and farmhouses  The legendary Roman Colosseum  The distinctive architecture of Siena Cathedral   The Palazzo Pubblico in Siena's Campo  Cathedral Santa Maria del Fior, Duomo, in Florence, Italy

Gems of Tuscany and Umbria

13 days from $4,987 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Travel under the Tuscan – and Umbrian – sun, on a leisurely idyll through two of Italy’s most storied regions. Ancient Etruscan hill towns, timeless landscapes, awe-inspiring art, and especially, openhearted people, render the essence of Italy. And a stay in the “Eternal City” of Rome adds the grace note to this small group tour. 

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Oct 13 - 25, 2016 Departure
Carol Bresnahan

Carol Bresnahan

Dr. Carol Bresnahan is an active scholar in the area of late Renaissance Florence, and has authored presentations and publications on the topic. In summer 2011 she joined Rollins College, serving as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of History until July 2015. Beginning in 2008, Bresnahan served as provost and executive vice president at The College of New Jersey, where she was a tenured professor of history. Previously, Bresnahan was vice provost for academic programs and policies at The University of Toledo (UT). At UT, she was the first woman to receive tenure in the Department of History, be promoted to associate professor and professor of history, serve as history department chair, and receive UT’s annual outstanding faculty research award. Carol has also taught at Brown and Wesleyan universities and led a doctoral/postdoctoral seminar at the Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale. She received her bachelor’s degree, Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude, from Smith College and her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Brown University. When not teaching and studying history, Carol enjoys tennis, cooking, and fine wines.

May 18 - 30, 2017 Departure
Pedar Foss

Pedar Foss

Pedar W. Foss is Professor of Classical Studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where he has worked since 1999. As Dean of Academic Life from 2009-13, his duties included oversight of student advising, academic support, off-campus and service learning, and career services. As a teacher, he conducts courses in Latin, ancient history and literature, and art and archaeology. He received his B.A. in Chemistry and Classics from Gustavus Adolphus College, and his Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; he subsequently taught at the University of Cincinnati and at Stanford. Dr. Foss has edited for the Journal of Roman Archaeology, was co-editor of the book reviews for the American Journal of Archaeology, and co-edited the volume The World of Pompeii (Routledge 2007). His research centers on the relationships between ancient peoples and their landscapes. He has lived, led tours, and studied throughout the Mediterranean, working at such sites as Kavousi and Corinth (Greece), Carthage (Tunisia), Troy, Hacımusalar, and Çaltılar (Turkey), Pompeii, Rieti, and Castiglione del Lago (Italy). He maintains a professional blog at: http://quemdixerechaos.com.

Aug 31 - Sep 12, 2017 Departure
Gary Radke

Gary Radke

Gary Radke served as Dean's Professor of the Humanities and professor of art history in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. Upon joining the faculty in 1980, he promptly took over the Florence Graduate Program in Italian Renaissance Art and elevated it- and the department of Art & Music Histories in general- to international prominence. Radke is one of the world's leading experts on Italian Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture, with a special interest in 15th-century Florentine sculpture. Since 2001, Radke has served as a guest curator at Atlanta's High Museum of Art, where he organized a series of high-profile shows-and their respective exhibition catalogs- featuring works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Ghiberti, Verrocchio, and other Italian Renaissance masters. Radke is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Oct 12 - 24, 2017 Departure
Rebecca Schindler

Rebecca Schindler

Rebecca K. Schindler is Professor of Classical Studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. She teaches courses in Classical art and archaeology, Latin, Greek and Roman Mythology, and Classical literature. Rebecca has chaired the Department of Classical Studies at DePauw University and has served as the co-editor of the book reviews for The American Journal of Archaeology. Her research interests include the archaeology of Greek colonization in South Italy and Sicily, Greek religion, applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in archaeology, and the ethics of cultural heritage. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College in Classical and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology and her PhD from the University of Michigan in Classical Art and Archaeology. She has also studied at the American School for Classical Studies in Athens and worked as a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome. Rebecca's archaeological field experience includes projects in Tunisia, Cyprus, Turkey, and Italy. Since 2015 she has been working with Umbra Institute in Perugia on a field project at Castiglione del Lago on Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, Italy. She is finishing a book on sanctuaries of Aphrodite in Italy and Sicily. She currently serves as the president of the Central Indiana Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and the co-PI of the Collaboratory for GIS and Mediterranean Archaeology. Outside of her professional life, Rebecca is passionate about Italian food and enjoys exploring traditional markets and learning new recipes.